Parents want their child to be successful in school and in life. Delaware Valley Friends School's focus on successfully preparing students with learning differences to excel in college and beyond sets us apart.
Our track record speaks for itself—98% college placement versus the 68% national average for students with learning differences. Our students are prepared for and succeed in college and life as a result of our research-based teaching methods and innovative learning strategies. One particular example of this innovative approach is our unique College Bridge Course.
Building a bridge to college success
Most of our seniors take a combination Sociology/Psychology yearlong class taught by Blaise Perrone. This course is designed to introduce students to a larger class with college-level content and expectations while continuing to reinforce the skills and strategies the students have learned at DVFS and coach them on how to apply them to college content. Teacher Blaise Perrone even takes this opportunity to embody different typical college professor personas throughout the year - exposing students to different teaching styles and different levels of awareness and flexibility to the students' learning differences. This aspect of his approach allows students to strategize about how they might manage those situations and personalities if they encounter them in their college careers. Former students often tell Blaise how valuable this course has been in preparing them to succeed at the next level.
Building broadly applicable academic skills
The benefits of a skills-based curriculum, where the tools and strategies are not only explicitly taught but also consistently used reinforced in each content area, become clear when students move on to college and the workforce. Strong reading, writing, analytical, executive function and study skills serve our graduates well regardless of the college or work path they choose. Once students learn how they as individuals learn best - and how to ask or what need in order to achieve, they can be successful anywhere.
Confidence and self-advocacy
Ultimately, success beyond DVFS has a lot to do with confidence and resilience. At Delaware Valley Friends School, students learn to understand and to believe in themselves. They find the courage and confidence to reach for their potential - and, to rebound from their mistakes. They also learn how to articulate the nature of their learning differences and ask for what they need to succeed when necessary. These qualities are impressive in any high school graduate.
Personalized College Counseling
Finding the right fit for their post-DVFS career is another critical part of our college preparation process. Each student receives personal attention and guidance. Our college counselor, Hallie Ciarlone, knows the colleges well - those that actually allow accommodations and those that say they do, but really don't. She helps families look beyond SAT averages and into the culture of each college and their teaching strategies instead when trying to match students with college options. She also helps direct our parents through every step of the college search process and takes care of pieces that our students need. Students are given a lot of autonomy in the college search process as we coach them in mature decision making.
In addition, we provide summer ACT preparation for students who learn differently, which is the only program of its kind in the area.
“Colleges take DVFS seriously and know that this is a college prep school." - DV Parent
" We do something that very few schools do; we prepare students with learning differences for college." - Faculty Member
Delaware Valley Friends School welcomes students in grades 5 - 12 with learning differences, particularly in reading (dyslexia), writing (dysgraphia), math (dyscalculia), memory (long-term and working), processing speed, ADHD and executive functioning challenges.